On Wednesday 18th May 2016 the Young Epilepsy team took over The UnderGlobe, London for a glittering evening of laughter, celebration and inspiration. For the second year running myself and Chris were invited, myself as a blogger and Chris as he had been shortlisted for the ‘My Champion’ Award. As ever what a night it was, if anyone knows how to do awards ceremonies its Young Epilepsy! The Young Epilepsy Champions Awards is now in its fourth year and it brought with it some changes. The awards which had previously been held on Purple Day had now been moved to Epilepsy Awareness week, and there was also a new venue for 2016. News Presenter Nicholas Owen hosted the ceremony, other celebrities included Gogglebox’s Steph and Dom Parker, Actress Kerry Howard, Miss United Kingdom Mhairi Fergusson, S Club Junior’s star Stacey McClean and Actor Nathaniel Parker.
Someone pointed out to me that not only is this week Epilepsy Awareness Week it is also Mental Health Awareness Week so I decided to try and tie the two together. I am cheating a little bit for two reasons, 1) in the interest of time, I have been on the go with Noah all day and shortly am getting ready for the Young Epilepsy Champion Awards 2) because it highlights that mental health isn’t just depression it can be a range of things. Epilepsy and mental health issues can often go hand in hand but are rarely talked about. I struggled with anxiety hugely during my pregnancy, and now, as much as I don’t like to admit it: it is still there. It isn’t anywhere near what it was but it is there. This post was originally published in January 2015.
As I said yesterday I am proud to say that two of the people closest to me have shared their story this week to raise awareness. Today it is Alexs turn. I have mentioned Alex many times but I don’t know if I have ever talked about how we met. We both became members of an epilepsy support group for very different reasons, mine because in the summer of 2011 my epilepsy was at the worst it had ever been at that point. Alexs reason was very different, Alex was in a relationship with Ollie when he unexpectedly and tragically passed away following a seizure in November 2011 aged just 19. Neither Alex nor Ollies family had ever been told that epilepsy CAN kill.
I’m very honoured to say that two of the people closest to me have agreed to share their stories as part of Epilepsy Awareness week. They are two very different stories and today I start with my sister Stephanie.
If you follow me on any form of social media you will see that I mainly talk about 3 things 1) How much I love my son, husband and my friends and family 2) epilepsy awareness and finally 3) running! So today I am going to look at the connection 2 and 3 have with each other and how it changed my life.
Last night I had the privilege of not only attending the UK Blog awards at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster, but being also being shortlisted. Over 2000 blogs were entered and 78,000 votes cast and little me made the short list in not one but TWO categories!!
My names Faye, mostly known for being a tea addict and keen runner and swimmer. I'm 32, married and I had my 1st child in June 2015, oh and I also happen to have epilepsy. This is my story of Pregnancy, Motherhood & Epilepsy.